Similar threads

Similar threads 7.7

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Compatible XF 2.x versions: 2.1, 2.2

Shows a list of similar threads when a user is creating or viewing a thread.

The Similar threads add-on will do the following:
  • Show a list of similar threads when a user is creating a new thread.
  • Show a list of similar threads when a user is viewing a thread.
(Example of Similar threads in thread view)


(Example of Options page)


(Example of User group permissions)


  • Forum view permissions honored. If a member doesn't have permission to view certain forums, similar threads will not be shown from those forums.
  • Supports Enhanced search.
  • All phrases start with similarthreads_ for your convenience.
User group permissions:

Normally you will want to set "Yes" for the following two user groups:

Unregistered / Unconfirmed

Disabling XenForo similar threads:

Uncheck option

Admin control panel -> Setup Enhanced search -> Search for similar threads when users are creating new threads

Delete widget

Admin control panel -> Appearance -> Widgets -> Similar threads

Creating optional widget:

This widget is used to display a similar threads block in the thread view sidebar.
  1. Admin Control Panel -> Appearance -> Widgets
  2. Widget definition = Similar threads
  3. Widget key = similar_threads
  4. Title = (leave blank)
  5. Display in positions = Thread view: Sidebar
  6. Click Save.
(Example of Similar threads widget)


Enhanced search:

To enable Enhanced search, select in the Options page. Enhanced search gives better similar thread results because it can use stemming.

Question and answers:

Q: Do I ever have to rebuild the search or thread indexes to use this add-on?
A: No.

Q: Are thread titles and posts searched?
A: Only thread titles are searched.

Q: Is the "View threads by others" set to No or Never honored?
A: No. You will need to exclude those forums in the options page.

Q: In order to use Enhanced search option, do I need to install XenForo Enhanced search?
A: Yes.

Q: How do I disable the XenForo similar threads?
A: Navigate here and uncheck:

Admin control panel -> Setup -> Enhanced search -> Enable similar threads widget
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Latest updates

  1. See description

    Similar threads v7.7 changes: Fixed issue where emoticons in the thread title caused a server...
  2. See description

    Similar threads v7.6 changes: Added title to similar threads results block.
  3. See description

    Similar threads v7.5 changes: Now works with XF 2.1 and 2.2. Added support for iOS pasting title.

Latest reviews

love this addon
Works perfectly as described - very useful
Ihaf something similar on a recently migrated vB 3.8.9 forum and loved it. Highly recommend this add-on. My Thanks to Andy.
This is an amazing add-on. Been using it for years, back in the Xen1 days.. :)
A really usefull Add-On which helps a lot to find content, get inspiration and especially prevent duplicate posts. Excellent.
This plugin is very nice. Andy solves all possible problems and is constantly up to date.
Exceptionally fast addon. Zero effect to the speed of my board and really , really useful as it appears to prevent the post duplicates where people are too lazy to search
Similar threads is one of those plugins which should be a core feature of Xenforo. Luckily we have people like Andy who provide excellent code for all of us. I previously used this one on XF 1.0 and I am so happy there's a 2.0 version. Thank you Andy for all the hard work.
Works exactly as described. Its rapid and a really useful addition
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